Halloween is still weeks away, but this weekend we've got some spooky primers, including a haunted walk through Castlewood Canyon and a zombie fashion show. But there are plenty of non-scary parties and art gatherings, too. Below we showcase ten cool things to do this weekend; for many more, check out our online Westword calendar. And let us know if we've missed an event by leaving information in the comments section below.
Black Sheep Fridays: Debating for Guffman at the MCA Denver (Friday, $5) Black Sheep Fridays returns, opening the season with anold-fashioned meeting of the minds. Taylor Gonda and Kevin O'Brien of the These Things Matter podcast will defend Waiting for Godot as actor Brian Colonna and comedian Andrew Orvedahl bring it for Waiting for Guffman in "Debating for Guffman," while onlookers enjoy drinks on the MCA's rooftop patio. For more on this season of Black Sheep Fridays, see our chat with event coordinator Andy Lynes.
Hell Is in New Jersey Book Release Party at Mutiny Information Cafe (Friday, Free) Though local author and musician Andy Thomas promises he won't bore you by reading excerpts from his new novel, there will still be plenty of action at this reception. Enjoy free beer and browse a collection of gently used books at this unique shop, or simply grab a copy of the new Hell Is in New Jersey and chat with the author in person.
Minor Disturbance Presents: Aaron Samuels and super friends live at Deer Pile (Saturday, $5-$10 donation) Denver's young slam poets are on fire, and there is no better place to catch a great showcase of their work than Deer Pile. World Poetry Slam winner Aaron Samuels headlines the night, which will include performances by members of Minor Disturbance, Westword cover-woman Suzi Q. Smith and more. All ages are welcome at this evening of words and wisdom.
The Roast of Ginger Douglas -- a Fundraiser for Colorado Flood Victims at Tracks (Saturday, $5) Come out and watch the roast of one of Denver's premier queens, Ginger Douglas, and help victims of the recent floods with just a $5 donation.If you bring three non-perishable food items, you get a raffle ticket to win VIP bottle service at Tracks for the evening. Lilliputian Hallucination: a Perceptual Distortion by Corrina "Crazie" Espinosa & Friends at Good Thieves Press (Saturday, Free) Local multimedia artist Corrina "Crazie" Espinosa creates sculptures of all sizes, but her specialty is Little Crazy People, diorama-sized figures in various colors and situations. Tonight she debuts new work in her latest show, A Lilliputian Hallucination: a Perceptual Distortion; the lineup includes collaborative pieces by Thomas Sharfenberg, Stacey Gibbs, "Erin Bee" Lea-Dogherty, R. Tyler Christopherson, Javier Flores, Martin Schneider, Amy Odorizzi and more.
3rd Annual Haunted Trail at Castlewood Canyon State Park (Friday and Saturday, $7) This two-hour, half-mile guided walk begins at the park's visitors center at 7 p.m., then takes you on an after-dark trip through the woods. Tales of ghosts who may have been haunting the park for a century -- the souls of some who met gruesome ends -- are part of the fun. Park entrance fee includes a free gift.
Coloradical Grand Opening! at Coloradical (Saturday, Free) This stretch of East Colfax is full of great, free events Saturday nights. Among the best: Coloradical officially opens the doors to a store packed with merch celebrating home-state pride. Enjoy music and free beer as owner Adam Sikorski unveils new T-shirt designs and hands out cool prizes. Learn more about the man behind the brand in our latest interview with the Coloradical founder.
Corvo Brothers: Morte at GroundSwell Gallery(Saturday, Free) The Corvo brothers -- aka Marco and R. Gonzago -- are filmmakers, but make use of their preferred medium with multi-layered still photography. The duo's show of haunting images opens tonight at the taste-making GroundSwell Gallery, just in time for the spooky season. Read more with Marco in our recent Q&A with the artist.
Zombie Couture Fashion Show at The Shoppe (Saturday, Free) Finish up your tour of Colfax with a beer and a cupcake as gutsy models walk the horrific catwalk at The Shoppe, which is hosting a gruesomely gorgeous fashion show of the zombie variety. Be sure to browse the rack of spooky duds to create your own zombie ensemble, or check out the horror-themed art showing at the cupcake headquarters.
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An Empty Chest & Drawer Full of Fingers at Denver's Dangerous Theatre (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, $10) Never failing to surprise audiences, Dangerous Theatre head Winnie Wenglewick makes a point of producing plays never seen before in Colorado. Her latest season opens tonight with a new, two-act production, An Empty Chest & Drawer Full of Fingers, which has a surrealist twist and plenty of interesting characters.